Camino Francés (The French Way)
Camino Francés (The French Way)

El Burgo Ranero - León

37 km Difficulty
Many pilgrims divide this section into two parts, as it is quite long, and spend the night at Mansilla de las Mulas, the “Manxilla” mentioned in the Codex Calixtinus. The path leaves El Burgo Ranero towards the lake of Manzana and the creeks of Valle de la Granja and Valdasneros. Wide Castilian fields will surround you all the way.

At the 8th kilometre you will find a detour towards Villamarco, and there are another 5 kilometres to go until the village of Reliegos, an ideal place to take a break. The walled town of Mansilla de las Mulas is the end of the day for some, welcoming walkers through the gate of the castle.


Those who continue still have one hour to Villamoros de Mansilla and Puente Villarente with its medieval bridge over the river Porma, an old pilgrim’s hospital and many services for pilgrims.

The next stop is almost 30 kilometres away from the beginning of the day’s journey, in Arcahueja, and has some steep sections. After crossing Arcahueja, we cross Valdelafuente, and after climbing the hill in el Portillo, you can already see the city of León


From there you will arrive at the neighbourhood of Puente Castro, in León, separated from the main city by the river Torío. Then you will follow Santa Ana until you reach the church of El Mercado (12th century) and the beautiful plaza del grano (grain square). You continue along la Rúa, a shopping street that ends on the Calle Ancha, where you can see Gaudí’s Casa de Botines and the Palacio de los Guzmanes, the present headquarters of the provincial delegation. 

Visiting the cathedral of Santa María—with its numerous stained-glass windows-- is also recommended in León, as is the Real Basílica de San Isidoro, with the “Puerta del Perdón” and its pantheon, labelled by many as the Sistine Chapel of Romanesque architecture. Apart from its important heritage, León also has a very lively atmosphere of food and drink. 

Here 10 things to do in León.

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Carlos González, Correos of Mansilla de las Mulas.
 
 “In Mansilla de las Mulas you can visit the ethnographic museum, which highlights the agricultural life of our province. After you leave Mansilla towards León, you will find the Mozarabic monastery of San Miguel de la Escalada, a national monument”. “I would recommend a visit to the Barrio Húmedo and Barrio Romántico, in León, to enjoy the atmosphere and to taste some of the endless tapas that are served free of charge if you order a drink”.Carlos González, Correos of Mansilla de las Mulas.
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Transfer Rucksack

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

Send Bicycle

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.

Send luggage to Santiago

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

Prepaid Payment Card

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

Pilgrimage Stamps

 

Stamping Your Credential

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

Send Parcels

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

Luggage Storage

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

Correos Offices

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.